Friday, March 9, 2012

Are Laws Against Polygamy Needed?

Some poor dude didn't get his divorce officially finalized before he remarried and got in big criminal trouble for it. Not only did he make the mistake of getting married, he made that mistake twice! I will not go into evolutionary biology theory about why I believe that monogamy is overrated, but I will say this: who cares if a dude is married to two chicks? What is criminal about that? Being married to one should be punishment enough already, and being married to two should be unbearable. He is already submitting himself to a very harsh punishment for simply being married in the first place.

Doesn't the U.S. Constitution prohibit double jeopardy?

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

But seriously, if I bring a woman home one night, and a different woman the other night, and I am not married to either one of them, and that none of this constitutes a crime... why is this man considered a criminal, especially that he has left the first woman 3 years earlier? What is the difference here, other than some silly paperwork?

As far as I know, he has not committed insurance fraud or tax fraud in relation to this matter... so who cares, really?

Bottom line of the story: don't get married, because the government will interfere with your private business; when you get that marriage license, you are really giving the government (and your wife) the license to really screw you over, and not in the literal, biological sense.

Morality is an abstract construct and there is nothing morally wrong with doing something that would not be morally wrong in the absence of some dusty paperwork filed away in some clerk's file cabinet.

Read the story here:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/08/2058938/bigamy-charges-filed-against-pierce.html

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